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Does kelp help with weight loss?

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Kelp is rich in iodine, so it can help reduce weight in people suffering from obesity due to a thyroid disorder because it reduces iodine deficiency and regulates metabolism, according to The Superfoods. Kelp can also improve digestion and fluid balance, which promotes weight loss.

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As of 2015, there is very little research supporting claims about kelp's general weight loss benefits, notes The Superfoods, however kelp can be used to supplement other weight loss methods such as eating a low-carb diet and exercising. The body loses electrolytes during exercise, and kelp's high iodine content helps maintain electrolyte levels. Low-carb diets often lead to calcium loss and constipation, and kelp contains calcium and acts as a natural laxative.

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